Veterans Day

Veterans Day Observance
Friday, November 11, 2016
Princeton University Chapel
8:30 am

Former Congressman and Mayor Jim Marshall, Princeton Class of 1972, will deliver remarks. Marshall is a past president of the United States Institute of Peace and current president of Alumni & Friends of Princeton University ROTC. He was reared in a military family, attending seven schools before entering Princeton in 1966. He withdrew for two years after the Tet Offensive in 1968 to volunteer for combat in Vietnam, where he was wounded while serving as a reconnaissance platoon sergeant. He is a member of the United States Ranger Army Hall of Fame. He played one year of lightweight football at Princeton, was briefly a University Scholar and graduated with a degree in politics. Most of his non-political life has been spent as a lawyer and law professor, but he has also been a high school teacher, logger, Outward Bound instructor, mechanic and carpenter. 

The program will include an invocation by the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, the University’s dean of religious life and of the chapel; the presentation of the colors by the Princeton University Army ROTC “Tiger” Battalion cadets; and the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful by Kenneth Grayson, foreman in the University electric shop. Dr. Mary Rorro, psychiatrist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will play a viola solo, and Henry Whitaker, Princeton Class of 2017, will play Taps. The benediction will be offered by Imam Sohaib Sultan, the Muslim chaplain at Princeton University. 

The University and local communities are invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by the Offices of the Vice President for Campus Life, Religious Life, Human Resources, the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Princeton University Army ROTC, Rutgers-Princeton University Naval ROTC, Alumni and Friends of Princeton University ROTC, Military and Service Veterans Resource Group and the Princeton Student Veterans Organization. 

Also on Nov. 11, the Princeton community Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the All Wars Monuments at Nassau and Mercer Streets at 11 a.m. 

Contact Spencer Reynolds at ext. 5617 or e-mail with any questions.